When we lived in Andorra, one of our favorite day trips was to La Bisbal d’Empordà on the Costa Brava, Spain, to buy pottery.
When we lived in the US we went to Tubac, AZ (once) to buy pottery.
We love pottery.
What I love about all of our pottery, and all pottery, is how unique it is.
Unique to the artist and / or the region and / or the country.
The pottery in one region may be similar, but the individual artists put their own stamp on it (so to speak).
Lemons and sunflowers may appear in all the pottery around the Mediterranean, but the pottery of Spain is different from the pottery in Italy.
When we were in Italy, we were very near Deruta, noted for it’s pottery.
Needless to say, we had to go there.
Needless to say, we had to do some serious shopping.
The only thing that enforced a modicum of sense was the fact that we would have five people with all of their luggage in our car when we left Italy.
But I really needed a new butter dish….
And a soap dispenser and some coffee mugs and a few long trays to hold the salt and pepper mills and….
Something else we brought back were some fancy artichoke hearts.
The recipe, Pasta Salad with Ham and Artichoke Hearts, has been updated, nutrition information added, and re-posted here: Ham & Artichoke Pasta Salad.